7 January 2019

Scottish Labour has labelled a so-called “extra compensation” scheme from ScotRail for passengers hit by recent delays as “just not good enough”.

The scheme is restricted to free journeys but only on six weekends in March, April and May and only for season ticket holders (plus one guest) if the journeys covered by their season tickets have been specifically delayed by recent staff training.

Scottish Labour's transport spokesperson Colin Smyth MSP said:

"Any measure to give hard-pressed commuters some respite from the misery they face daily on Scotland's railways is welcome, but this gimmick is just not good enough.

"If ScotRail really did want to give the traveling public a fair deal for the chronic delays, cancellations and overcrowding they have suffered in recent months they would have backed Labour's call for a fare freeze.

"Instead, fares have risen again meaning annual season tickets on many routes now cost well in excess of £4,000 and the popular Kids Go Free scheme has been scrapped.

"With prices rising and performances plunging, it is no surprise that more people are backing Labour's call to bring our railways into public ownership so we have a railway system run for passengers, not profits."

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